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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HELLO FROM THE STUDIO

QUOTABLE ART QUOTES

ABOUT ATC'S

CARD MAKING CLASSES! NEW! NEW!

VISION BOARDS NEW! NEW!

AN INVITATION TO A MINI CONFERENCE

PAINT IN FUND RAISER

RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO




Hello painting friends,

Happy to report that Gus' recovery is coming along extremely well. He's been a very, very good dog.

Also happy to report that the studio will resume classes starting on Saturday, March 20 with a mixed media abstract workshop.

A perfect project for any level of experience.

There are also OPEN STUDIO classes several times every month where you can drop in to finish up a project or just use the studio to get away and make art on your own.

And if you haven't painted in a while, why not drop in for some practice time. I'm always here to help.

Pre-registration is required.

I'm happy to report that I've added a new page to the site on the topic of DOODLES. I really hope you'll share some of your doodle art! It's so much fun!

And I've also added a page about STUDIO PETS where you can add your own pictures of your fur babies!

This means your pet gets his or her own web page that you can share with your friends and family. It's easy and fun to do!

You can see what others have posted and even make comments on the pictures. I really hope you'll share your pet photos and stories.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and then go make art.

Happy wishes!

Cheryl









ABOUT ARTIST TRADING CARDS

Most of you by now are familiar with ATCs or Artist Trading Cards. Maybe some of you have even made and traded some. For others, this is a whole new concept.

I just love to make ATCs. The thing about ATCs is that you can whip them up pretty quickly. I get my little art “fix” on days when I am too busy to work in the studio.

Artist Trading Cards hold worldwide appeal. As mini art canvases, only measuring 2.5 x 3.5-inches they’re fun to create and easy to collect and trade. People trade them just like sports cards. I have traded cards as far away as Australia and Spain! That’s just thrilling to me. Here's where you can learn to make ATCs.

As a mixed media artist, I sometimes create an ATC in order to mock up a larger painting. Or I’ll experiment with colours, papers, textures and so on. In the end I’m always pleased with my mini work of art.

Like most artists, I have art books and magazines in every room of my house. I can’t resist anything to do with techniques, new products, and featured artists…anything that will fuel my creativity and inspire me.

One such publication is the very compact and brilliantly designed ATC QUARTERLY. It only comes out 4 times a year and when it arrives I’m like a little kid at Christmas time. I drop everything and I make a pot of tea, settle at the kitchen table and read the entire thing in one sitting.

I am fascinated by the artwork of so many talented people, I’m enthralled by the featured artists’ stories and I’m inspired to go make more ATCs. I always learn something new and to me, that’s the measure of a good magazine. Plus it’s pure content. No advertising!! A yearly subscription is $34 dollars CDN / USD. It is worth every penny! Here’s where you can get your very own subscription. You won’t regret it.

Next month's e-zine I'll be issuing an ATC challenge and a trade!!! And there's a prize involved!!!

The following are more ATC's. These were created by Ronna Mogelon, the creator of ATC Quarterly.



MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOPS

Here are the mixed media workshops.





MAKE YOUR OWN GREETING CARDS

WITH LYNNE SHRUBSOLE MATTHIEU!!

There are still some spaces left for this workshop!

Learn the IRIS FOLD technique and create beautiful cards. It's easy and fun to play with gorgeous, colourful papers while you enjoy coffee or tea and some baked goodies!

DATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010

OR

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TIME: 10:00am to 1:00pm

CLASS FEE: $30.00 and includes all supplies, paper and card stock.

Lynne will be your instructor and she's bringing all sorts of die cuts and other embellishing tools for you to play with too!

I plan on sitting in this class myself! You can sign up by going to the MINI WORKSHOP and scroll down to the PayPal button next to all the details.


VISION BOARDS

Harness the power of manifestation through the creation of vision boards.

Here's an example of how visioning works for me.

In the late 1980's my husband and I wrote down our dreams for relocating and getting off the Toronto treadmill. We were very specific about our vision for our future.

The details included living on a dirt road, having to walk to the mail box, being 10 minutes from a small village, etc.

In 1991 we moved from downtown Toronto to our bungalow on a 2 acre bush lot. In 2000 we were cleaning out some files and we came across our vision board/journal and we were shocked by how we got everything we asked for. Down to the smallest details.

To get the life you want you have to see it, write about it and take action. Vision boards or vision journals are the best tools to help you on your life journey.

For more information, just click on the image above.







3rd ANNUAL PAINT IN

FREE OPEN STUDIO TIME!!

Our 2009 annual Painting for Charity event to support

PARENTS' LIFELINES OF EASTERN ONTARIO was a huge success!!!

This year, 2010, we want you to help us raise $5,000.

For this reason, I will have OPEN STUDIO time available for free.

I am donating my time and studio space so we can all paint and enjoy the day while doing something good.

Blank wood ornaments, access to all paints and instructions will be supplied.

This is an ideal opportunity, if you've never painted before or haven't painted in ages to try it out for free!!!! So why not grab a bunch of friends and come for a play day!

If you know how to make cards, I'll have supplies on hand for that too. Cards are a big hit at our fund raising tables!

Please mark your calendars for:

THURSDAY, MAY 27

SATURDAY, MAY 29

THURSDAY, JUNE 17

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Here's all the information.


MINI ART CONFERENCE

The West Carleton Arts Society will be hosting COCKTAIL OF ART MINI CONFERENCE in the CARP MEMORIAL HALL, downtown Carp, Ontario on June 12, 2010.

The conference promises to be very exciting.

Our guest speakers are dynamic and knowledgeable. As one of the volunteers who's helping to organize this event, I can tell you it's going to be exciting.

For all the details just click on the invitation above.


RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO



Here's a powerful pick-me-up kind of healthy snack.

HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX

Makes 15 servings

1 serving is 1/4 cup

INGREDIENTS

4 tbsp butter

1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup pecan halves

1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dates, cut into quarters

1/4 cup dried apricots, cut into quarters

STEP-BY-STEP

Preheat the oven to 350F

Melt the butter in a shallow glass baking dish in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.

Add the seeds and nuts, plus the coconut and stir until well coated with the butter. Sprinkle with salt.

Toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Add the dried fruit.

Store in the refrigerator.

I love this if I'm famished and in a hurry.

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If you know me, you know I love cooking as much as I love making art.

So I have launched a new website which will become huge over the next few months.

It already boasts some terrific recipes which are ideal for entertaining any time of the year!!

You can now access all my best recipes here. If you want to share your favorite recipe with me, I'll cook it and do a taste test.

If it's as great as you say it is, I'll post it on the site and give you credit!

Enjoy!!



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